Football is almost here and while Buccaneers players have been preparing to take on yet another season during training camp, they wanted to help get fans ready for 2018, too. Eight players went out on their off day to personally deliver Season Pass boxes to Members in the Tampa Bay area.
Tight end O.J. Howard, offensive tackle Donovan Smith and running back Charles Sims surprised Season Pass Member Diane Jimenez at her home with her 2018 Season Passes. Diane is a nurse at Tampa General Hospital and serves as the heart transplant coordinator. She often attends Bucs games with her granddaughter. The trio greeted 'Miss Diane' with hugs all around as they helped her unpack the contents of her Season Pass box, which include a Bucs' flag to fly on Fridays before home games, a signed print of 2018 Ring of Honor Inductee Tony Dungy and Season Pass Member cards that contain her tickets to each game along with Member discounts on food, beverage and merchandise.
Tight ends Alan Cross and Austin Johnson visited the home of Chris Medero to drop off his Season Pass box. Chris is a local UPS driver who is most excited to see what the Buccaneer defense can do this season. Both Cross and Johnson brought mini helmets that they signed for Chris and his family as they thanked him for his support over the years.
"It was awesome getting to go and deliver tickets to our Season Pass holders," Johnson said. "Alan and I were honored to meet such loyal and respectful fans. Being able to interact with them and let them know how much we appreciate all the support every year was a great experience."
Three of the Buccaneers' 2018 draft picks made their way to The Getaway, where Season Pass Member Frank Przybycin oversees operations. Frank has been a Member since 1997 and brings his wife, Carol, along with their sons Matt and Mike and their five grandchildren to games. Cornerbacks M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis III, as well as safety Jordan Whitehead, hand delivered Frank's 2018 Season Pass Member package but had another surprise in store.
After greeting Frank and his family, they proceeded to hand out free tickets to employees and families at the restaurant to come attend a game at Raymond James Stadium this season.